What is building without bricklaying – the two go hand-in-hand. Bricklaying is a specialised trade in its own right and has a different application for paving or draining brickwork or groundwork brickwork.
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Pages and pages can be written about the skills of bricklaying. At Handyman Cape Town | The Home Doctors our team is skilled and are highly proficient bricklayers and builders and have completed all types of bricklaying and building extension projects, from foundations, simple walls, complicated shaped or structured walls, manhole covers, gulley gratings, cants, cavities, queen closers and much more.
The most important step for any building is a strong foundation. Most of the strength and stability of a building is generally found in the foundation. The size of a foundation is determined by the size of the building being built.
At Handyman Cape Town | The Home Doctors – we do not compromise on the foundations of any building, when it comes to cost, accuracy and structure. A foundation needs to be strong and 100% level. We work with spirit levels every step of the process.
Unfortunately, many unethical builders “scrimp” on the cement mix of a building project, thus leaving you with a finished product that may look good, but is structurally unsound. At Handyman Cape Town | The Home Doctors our minimum specification for foundation slab cement mix is : For 1 cubic metre of concrete : 5,8 bags cement + 0,65 cubic metres sand + 0,65 cubic metres gravel.
How to Check if your Brickwork is up to Standard? If you assume that the bricks are being layed on a level concrete floor, the bricks, without the mortar / cement should be spaced at least 10mm apart to allow for the correct amount of cement or mortar to be laid in between each brick..
Building and Bricklaying in existing buildings:
On the odd occasion when designing an original building, people will also include future extension plans. This makes additional building a lot easier. For example, if a door is to be added, adding a lintel and surrounding the door area with straight joints, will make it far easier than to knock all of the brickwork out, to create the doorway.
The lintel will already be in place to support the area for the doorway. If you are considering adding a double story, your original foundations will need to be strong enough to take the weight of the second floor extension.
It is also important when joining walls in a building extension that when the brick and block meet, that this area is bonded together securely to prevent cracking, which will ultimately affect the structure.